Reproductive Rights Key to Empowering Women, UN Reports
The United Nations' commemoration of World Population Day on July 11th emphasized the crucial link between reproductive rights and women's empowerment. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan remarked, "Too many women still cannot choose when or whether to become pregnant. Too many women resort to abortions that are not safe." Every minute a woman dies because of pregnancy or childbirth complications, according to a report recently released by the United Nations Population Fund. The report stated that sexual violence, female genital mutilation, and lack of access to contraceptives and reproductive health education contribute to women's poverty, transmission of AIDS and STDs, unemployment, and death.
Media Resources: United Nations Population Fund Report, "Women's Em